Perhaps you’re wondering if counselling is right for you? Or you don’t know if you would prefer face to face or online counselling. This page will help you to answer those questions.
What is counselling
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people long or short-term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being”
– BACP 2018
I believe that Counselling or therapy is a brave opportunity to explore any area of your life or experiences that are causing you discomfort.
Sometimes painful, complex feelings can be pushed down and buried into the unconscious, masked by unhelpful challenging behaviours (for example difficult relationships, overworking or maybe drinking too much or relying on drugs).
This can effect how you feel in your day to day life and cause you to react to your relationships with those close to you.
In turn, this can lead to feeling vulnerable, unfulfilled and dissatisfied with life, as well as exacerbating health problems.
Face to face or online?
If you are unable to leave the house, or find travelling difficult, I can work with you online.
You might also feel this way of working is better for you or you have time restraints or if transport or caring responsibilities are challenging.
Whatever the reason, online counselling could be an option for you.
What to expect
Counselling is not the same as talking to friends or family, I am trained to objectively explore how you experience the world in a non shaming way.
You can expect an honest, ethical and compassionate approach from me. It is important to feel comfortable telling a Counsellor details of your life.
It is crucial to feel comfortable with your Counsellor to be able to talk about your process and ask questions. This may be something to consider before booking in so you can discuss any important questions you have with me when we meet.
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A counsellor won’t tell you what to do. I believe that you know what’s best for you and will encourage you to explore your feelings and patterns to find your way forward.
As your Counsellor I will treat you with warmth, empathy and respect as we focus on your unique experiences. We will aim to process your feelings enabling you to fulfill your potential and move towards your preferred outcome.
Should you decide to begin working with me, sessions are usually 50 minutes once a week for as long as you feel is necessary. Endings are mutually agreed and planned to include time to explore the learning and achievements of the therapy and to allow any of your feelings about the ending to be explored.
“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness, and the power of contemplation rather than mere survival”